So what does Halloween really mean in Australia at this time of the year?

Here is a wonderfully quirky take on the interpretation of Halloween in Australia by one of our ABC reporters Samantha Schraag.

https://open.abc.net.au/explore/108040

Hypatia.

 

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Southern Hemisphere Beltane October 31st

Most Pagans coincide with the seasons.  While October the 31st is Samhain in the Northern hemisphere, it is time to celebrate the coming of summer and the Great Rite here in the Southern Hemisphere. Feasting and celebrations give opening to this wonderful festival of fertility. Our spring carnival (Melbourne Cup) held on the first Tuesday of November showcases some of the most beautiful rose gardens that Melbourne has to offer.

Below is a link of the Pagan Festivals and their locations held Australia wide for those interested.

http://wildhunt.org/2015/11/column-australias-pagan-festivals.html

 

Another link below identifies the Southern Hemisphere dates.

http://spheresoflight.com.au/index.php?page=sabbat

 

In the beginning it all seemed a little confusing, however as I become more and more in tune to the rhythms of Mother Nature I allowed myself to listen while she spoke to me. Now I  wait and listen for her call. She will let me know when and where. There is only one rule and that is her rule, as without this rhythm that she has gifted us, all would cease to exist.

Blessings to the Earth Mother, The Great Goddess of Fertility and the union that she has with The God, as without either we would be nothing.

Many Blessings to all

Hypatia

Coven Gathering Wednesday, September , 2017 at 7:15 PM CT

WHEN:

Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Gathering Starts at 7:00 PM ST
Circle Behind at 7:15 PM ST SHARP

To find your local time you can use this Time Zone Converter or any other one you chose:

https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html

WHERE:

Coven Life Chat Room

To open an account or enter the private chat room please click on this link:

https://ladybeltane.discussionchatroom.com/

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
Just yourself

As I am on vacation this month the circle gathering will be for the initiation of to novices becoming adepts and full coven members.

RITUAL:

Lady Beltane: I call upon the element of Air to reside in the Watchtower of the East to protect all those gathered here from all negative entities and energies.
I call upon the element of Fire to reside in the Watchtower of the South to protect all those gathered here from all negative entities and energies.
I call upon the element of Water to reside in the Watchtower of the West to protect all those gathered here from all negative entities and energies.
I call upon the element of Earth to reside in the Watchtower of the North to protect all those gathered here from all negative entities and energies.
I call upon Hekate, maiden, mother, crone, and protector of all witches, I call upon the Green Man, Lord of the hunt and consort of Hekate, to walk this circle with me three times round to protect the witches here a round. To give us your guidance and lead us with your wisdom.

Everyone: Please introduce yourself, first name only, and tell us what state or country you live in

LADY BELTANE – Will those who are seeking to be initiated into our coven tonight as full members and to study as an adept please come forward.

Frank and Two Feathers: Please type in – I now stand before our High Priestess and our Coven.

Lady Beltane: Do you stand before us of your own free will?

Frank and Two Feathers: Answer

Lady Beltane: Do to you take a vow to keep the identities of all here present a secret unto yourself?

Frank and Two Feathers: Answer

Lady Beltane: Do you vow to uphold the sanctity of our coven and keep all working within it unto yourself?

Frank and Two Feathers: Answer

Lady Beltane: By what name shall you be called by from this day forth within our coven and the pagan community as a whole?

Frank and Two Feathers: Answer

Lady Beltane:  Please welcome _______ into our coven and community.

Everyone: Please type in your welcome and/or blessing to our new adept.

Lady Beltane –  ______ please take your place back within our circle. You have received the blessings of the coven now please receive mine as well. May your time among us be filled with positive energy, love, and laughter.

Lady Beltane: I dismiss the element of Air from the Watchtower of the East with our thanks for protecting all those gathered here from all negative entities and energies.
I dismiss the element of Fire from the Watchtower of the South for protecting all those gathered here from all negative entities and energies.
I dismiss the element of Water from the Watchtower of the West for protecting all those gathered here from all negative entities and energies.
I dismiss the element of Earth from the Watchtower of the North for protecting all those gathered here from all negative entities and energies.
I dismiss Hekate, maiden, mother, crone, and protector of all witches, I dismiss the Green Man, Lord of the hunt and consort of Hekate, with our love and thanks for giving us your guidance and leading us with your wisdom.

The circle is now open but never broken. Go in love and peace. Blessed be brothers and sisters.

Coven Gathering Friday, June 9, 2017 at 7:00 PM CT

This will be a short circle this month as it is to finish what was began on the last New Moon in May. There will also be an adept ceremony at the end.

WHEN:

Friday, June 9, 2017

Gathering starts at 7:00 PM CT

Circle will begin at 7:15 PM CT SHARP

Please do not enter the chat room after 7:17 PM CT as it will break our circle

WHERE:

Coven Life’s chat roo

https://ladybeltane.discussionchatroom.com/

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

For those who attended the New Moon gathering on May 25, 2017, you will tell us if your goal was reached or if it is still in progress.

For those who did not attend that gathering, you will not need anything.

FULL MOON GATHERING:

Lady Beltane: I call upon Hecate and Mother Earth to walk this circle with me to provide protection to all inside from negativity. To protect those outside of our circle that nothing we do may cause them harm.

We will take 2 minutes to allow the energy to rise within ou circle.

Everyone: One at a time please share with your coven how your goal you set at the New Moon gathering was met or if you are still trying to achieve it.

LADY BELTANE – Will those who are seeking to be initiated into our coven tonight as full members and to study as an adept please come forward.

Amber: Please type in – I now stand before our High Priestess and our Coven.

Lady Beltane: Do you stand before us of your own free will?

Amber: Answer

Lady Beltane: Do to you take a vow to keep the identities of all here presence a secret unto yourself?

Amber: Answer

Lady Beltane: Do you vow to uphold the sanctity of our coven and keep all working within it unto yourself?

Amber: Answer

Lady Beltane: By what name shall you be called by from this day forth within our coven and the pagan community as a whole?

Amber: Answer

Lady Beltane:  Please welcome _______ into our coven and community.

Everyone: Please type in your welcome and/or blessing to our new adept.

Lady Beltane –  ______ please take your place back within our circle. You have received the blessings of the coven now please receive mine as well. May your time among us be filled with positive energy, love, and laughter.

We thank you, Hecate and Mother Earth for your help in reaching the goals we set for ourselves and for those who are still working on theirs. We thank you for the energy and protection you have given to us here in this circle to tonight. Please go with our gratitude and love.

The circle is open but not broken. May you all go in peace, love and remember you have been among your brothers and sister this night in friendship. Blessed be dear ones.

 

 

June Coven Life’s Coven Gathering

WHEN:

Friday, June 9, 2017

Gathering starts at 7:00 PM CT

CIRCLE starts at 7:15 PM CT SHARP

WHERE:

Coven Life Chatroom:

To set up an account and/or sign into chatroom please click on this link:

https://ladybeltane.discussionchatroom.com/

TOPICS:

Welcoming Summer

Novices moving to adept level of studies and becoming full coven members

The full ritual will be posted a minimin one week before the gathering.

All About Beltane – Celebrating the Fertility of Spring

April’s showers have given way to rich and fertile earth, and as the land greens, there are few celebrations as representative of fertility as Beltane. Observed on May 1st (or October 31 – November 1 for our Southern Hemisphere readers), festivities typically begin the evening before, on the last night of April. It’s a time to welcome the abundance of the fertile earth, and a day that has a long (and sometimes scandalous) history.

Depending on your tradition, there are a number of ways you can celebrate this Sabbat.

RITUALS AND CEREMONIES

There are many different ways you can celebrate Beltane, but the focus is nearly always on fertility. It’s the time when the earth mother opens up to the fertility god, and their union brings about healthy livestock, strong crops, and new life all around.

Here are a few rituals you may want to think about trying—and remember, any of them can be adapted for either a solitary practitioner or a small group, with just a little planning ahead.

By Patti Wigington for more on Beltane please click on this link: https://www.thoughtco.com/guide-to-the-beltane-celebration-2561640?utm_campaign=list_paganwiccan&utm_content=20170427&utm_medium=email&utm_source=exp_nl&utm_term=list_paganwiccan

Full Moon Coven Life’s Coven Gathering 2/10/2017 at 7:00 PM CT

Full Moon Coven Gathering
Our coven gathering will be on February 10,2017 at 7:00 PM CT. See banner on left or if on device other than a computer scroll down to find banner for information on time conversions and how to enter our chat room.
During this full Moon gathering we will be doing a healing ritual and welcoming new novices as junior members of Coven Life’s Coven and an adept as full coven members. If you or someone you know could be helped by the healing ritual please either email the person’s name and what illness they have to ladybeltane@aol.com or leave their name and illness in a comment below.
Needed for Healing Ritual:
1 white or green-any shade is fine 12 inch taper candle
Something sharp to carve person’s name into candle
Sandalwood or Eucalyptus existential oil to bless candle with

Nothing is needed for the welcoming part of the circle.
I will be posting the ritual I hope tomorrow. I am working seven days a week right now and only have it half finished.

Covens vs. Solitary Practice

It’s an argument that comes up frequently in the Pagan community, particularly among those who identify as Wiccans. There’s one school of thought that says “only a witch can make a witch,” which means you must be initiated and part of a coven — typically a lineaged one — before you can claim to be Wiccan, Pagan, or any other variety thereof. There’s another camp that says anyone can be a witch or Pagan, and what matters more than initiation and coven connections is what’s in your heart and soul.

Will people ever agree on these things?

It’s pretty unlikely.

However, as you begin your studies of Wicca and other forms of Paganism, you may at some point be offered the opportunity to join a group. You may also find that you really prefer working alone. Let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of covens vs. solitary practice, so that when the time comes for you to make a decision, you can do so with some knowledge under your belt.

For the rest of this article by Patty Wigington please click on the following link: http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/wiccaandpaganismbasics/a/CovenVsSolitary.htm

Back to Basics: Magical Theory – Part 5

Wondering about the hows and whys of magic? Today we’re going to take a look at some basic techniques such as grounding and shielding, as well as what makes magic effective, why some people don’t bother with it, and the simplest way to craft your own spell.

The Cone of Power

In studying some magical traditions, you may hear a reference to something called the Cone of Power. But what exactly is it, and where did the idea come from?

Traditionally, the cone of power is a method of raising and directing energy by a group. Essentially, the people involved stand in a circle to form the base of the cone. In some rituals, they may connect to each other physically by holding hands, or they may simply visualize energy flowing between the members of the group.

As energy is raised – whether by chanting, singing, or other methods – a cone forms above the group, and eventually reaches its apex above. In many magical systems, it is believed that this energy continues on past the point at the top of the cone, traveling out infinitely into the universe.

For the rest of this article by Patty Wigington please click on the following link: http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/MagicalTheory/fl/The-Cone-of-Power.htm?utm_content=20160216&utm_medium=email&utm_source=exp_nl&utm_campaign=list_paganwiccan&utm_term=list_paganwiccan

Back to Basics: Magical Theory – Part 5

Wondering about the hows and whys of magic? Today we’re going to take a look at some basic techniques such as grounding and shielding, as well as what makes magic effective, why some people don’t bother with it, and the simplest way to craft your own spell.

The Cone of Power

In studying some magical traditions, you may hear a reference to something called the Cone of Power. But what exactly is it, and where did the idea come from?

Traditionally, the cone of power is a method of raising and directing energy by a group. Essentially, the people involved stand in a circle to form the base of the cone. In some rituals, they may connect to each other physically by holding hands, or they may simply visualize energy flowing between the members of the group.

To read the rest of this article please click on this link: http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/MagicalTheory/fl/The-Cone-of-Power.htm?utm_content=20160216&utm_medium=email&utm_source=exp_nl&utm_campaign=list_paganwiccan&utm_term=list_paganwiccan